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Internship FAQ for Students

Q. What are the requirements of an internship?

An internship must be 400 hours total in a policy-related field.

Q. What coursework is required prior to taking an internship?

A student must have completed three common core courses, one flexible core course, and the two-semester Policy Research Project.

Q. What is required to receive credit for an internship?

You must register and pay tuition in order to receive credit for an internship. Your faculty supervisor gives credit for the internship when the internship is completed and the required material has been delivered. That material consists of the Student Internship Evaluation and Agency Internship Evaluation.

Q. How do I find an internship?

It is the responsibility of the student to find his or her internship. The search process itself is an important learning experience and prepares the student for the job search during the second year of the program. Among other services, the Internship Coordinator assists in the job search by providing counseling on clarifying career goals; helping to locate internships appropriate for the career goals; providing employer contacts and internship announcements.

Q. What about financing for the internship?

The student is strongly encouraged to seek a paid internship, and employers are encouraged to pay the intern as they would a junior management-level staff member. However, some employers do not have funding for internships. The LBJ School has a limited budget to use for unpaid internships. Intern seekers can also apply for funding through dedicated fellowships.

Q. Will my financial aid be affected if I receive money for an internship from the LBJ School?

YES. If you receive funding for an unpaid internship or from a fellowship, that amount will be deducted from the loan amount for which you qualified.

For more information, contact:

MPAff & MGPS Program:                                                                                         
Chaz Nailor, Graduate Program Coordinator                             
512.471.0291                                                                                                
c.nailor@austin.utexas.edu